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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Address: 191W Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Phone Number: +1 617-223-8666
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Ranked #17 of 194 Attractions in Boston
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Type: Islands, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in...
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Type: Islands, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Great islands and a nice ferry to take you around. It's not cheap, but fun on a nice day. Probably pick one or two per day.

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Manassas, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It makes for a great summer afternoon. You learned about the Boston Harbor on the boat rides and then take in various views of the Harbor from each island.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The Boston Harbor islands are small but fun. You can do a day trip and visit a few in one day. Spectacle island is the most popular with a beach, hiking trails and just gorgeous views of the Boston skyline. Another island, George's I believe, has an old fort on it that's fun to explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

There is no place our children remember with more delight than the Boston Harbor Islands, (try the .org site for planning), which are minutes away by Ferry from Long Wharf on the Boston waterfront. Just being outside on the upper deck of the ferryboat is enough of an adventure, as the wind and waves challenge you-and then you get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The Harbor Islands are drumlins - bumps that were carved by the great Laurentide glacier that originated in Canada in the late Wisconsin Period, about 75,000 years ago. It advanced into lower Massachusetts about 21,000 years ago, and began its recession 18,000 years ago. Its progression created Cape Cod (a "terminal moraine") and carved Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, the Massachusetts... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Honestly I didn't think until this point I would find a reason to return to the city of Boston. We decided to take a Boat ride in the Boston Harbor to Georges Island. It is an old Fort for the military and thank goodness we went. You can see where prisoners were kept, where soldiers once laid their heads to... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What a great night with great friends !!!! We had a cruise around the harbor ..Wow What a view !!! Love Boston !!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Nice boat ride and a fun escape. Park staff is terrific - friendly, helpful. I wish the boats were cheaper and more frequent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I've visited the Boston Harbor Islands at the last weekend of September. It was a very, very hot Sunday, so I was able to enjoy fully of the beach of Spectacle Islands. But first I visited George Island with the first ferry from Boston. Great morning, nice comments during the trip to George Island about the harbor of Boston. With... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We've taken the ferry on nice summer days to Spectacle Island and to Georges Island. I suggest leaving early and doing one or the other, so you have enough time to enjoy the island - i.e. not trying to rush to both on the same day. Both have cafes with sandwiches, juices, etc. and there are often activities like live... More 

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